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How to tell if someone is lying Ted Cruz style

Posted 2015-11-04 14:37:55 | Views: 11,109
People intend to achieve the obvious results of their conduct.
-Ted Cruz

The consent of the governed

Posted 2014-07-04 11:35:35 | Views: 22,377
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Edward Snowden quote on being a patriot

Posted 2014-05-29 20:01:13 | Views: 14,122
“Being a patriot doesn’t mean prioritizing service to government above all else. Being a patriot means knowing when to protect your country, knowing when to protect your Constitution, knowing when to protect your countrymen, from the violations of and encroachments of adversaries. And those adversaries don’t have to be foreign countries.” -Edward Snowden

When Politicians are terrified

Posted 2013-09-27 20:55:20 | Views: 14,722
Liberty is never safer than when politicians are terrified. 
-Ted Cruz

Before and after - New york stank

Posted 2013-07-14 19:07:16 | Views: 14,745
188 Suffolk St - NYC
New York City Stank

Quentin Tarantino's gun

Posted 2013-07-13 18:36:13 | Views: 17,988

The fastest way to get yourself killed is by trying to kill someone else.
If Quentin Tarantino has taught us anything, it's this...
Photo by Levon Biss

The easiest way to build a beautiful blog

Posted 2013-05-20 17:01:35 | Views: 14,402
Experience a whole new way of creating online
No reload, no waiting, no previews. Just a faster way to do things. Click, move, edit and resize instantaneously!

What you see is what you get... 
While doing it!
Create things you've never seen online before.
Change the font to tell your story

Sunny day in NYC

Posted 2013-05-19 16:05:47 | Views: 14,202
Another sunny day over New York City...

My Nest thermostat review

Posted 2013-05-12 20:04:31 | Views: 13,746
My Nest 
She’s pretty tech savvy, she’s been using computers since the punch card days. But every now and then she’ll ask me silly questions like how to email pictures from her iPhone.

I've known about the Nest thermostat for awhile now but it never occurred to me it would be the perfect gift. They market it from an energy savings angle, and stuff like that doesn't interest me. My mom lives in Miami so I doubt the Nest would be much of an energy saving thing. During most of the year, especially in the summer the air conditioning is on all day. But to be honest, I didn’t really care... It looks beautiful and it’s connected to the internet, the cool factor does it.

I sent the Nest website to my Mom for the “OK” and she was amazed.

Nest is beautiful. Interacting with it is a delight. After it was installed I found myself adjusting it just to touch it. It’s really nice. The only negative, if I had to give one, is that the screen isn’t high resolution. Everything else with the hardware is awesome.
The hardest part to installing Nest had nothing to do with Nest

On the Nest website they have a guide tool. It walks you through the process of figuring out if you a/c is compatible with Nest. You can also email them pictures of your thermostat and they can figure it out for you.

Since the Nest is so nice, I wanted the wall to look perfect. When I removed the old thermostat I plastered, sanded and painted the wall (Home Depot color match paint is a lifesaver). It took hours to get the wall ready and was the longest and most annoying part. Installing the Nest took literally like 5 mins.

It's like the first time you used a remote to change the channel on your TV

The Nest is connected to the internet via your Wifi. After you install and set it up (zipcode, wifi password, software update and link your phone), you can control it from your phone or the Nest website. This is the my mom’s favorite feature. I think this is Nest's best selling point.

It also learns your daily routine and programs itself accordingly. It also provides reports and history stuff so you can totally nerd out on use stats of your house.

My Mom is super happy with it. It was fun installing it for her and it looks beautiful! It’s a bit on the pricy side. 
I wanted to get my Mom a gift that she would use every day.